Affect of Spelling in IELTS or PTE

I’m often asked how spelling impacts marks achieved in English exams, usually by people who spell badly!  So, if that’s you, it’s important to understand how spelling is filtered into scores for both Academic and General IELTS compared to PTE.

IELTS:

Spelling has the biggest impact in IELTS Listening because if your answer is misspelt, it will be marked as an error!  Therefore, even if you ‘hear’ the correct answer not spelling the word properly, loses a point. To overcome this problem, absolutely necessary to go back to basics and improve your spelling on links, like the following

http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/topic-group/spelling

However, first step, is to stop using predictive text in messages!  In IELTS Writing, spelling is marked as part of the vocabulary (Lexical Resource) component and therefore if you know your spelling isn’t great you can improve one of the other components marked, in writing, to compensate.  The should be no spelling mistakes in IELTS reading as answers are simple copied from the text.

 

 

PTE:

In PTE, spelling is marked as a separate component in Enabling Skills section.  These marks are then filtered into the Communicative Scores, which are the ones that matter!  As a result, in this exam spelling has a wider impact on scores. 

 

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